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James Wan to Direct ‘Aquaman’ for Warner Bros.

James Wan is set to direct “Aquaman” for Warner Bros.

The superhero film stars Jason Momoa, with Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder producing. Wan will also be supervising the script, to be written by Kurt Johnstad.

Warner Bros. also released the first plot summary for the film, which follows Aquaman, the King of the Seven Seas and the reluctant ruler of Atlantis, who is caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt, but is committed to protecting the entire globe.

Currently set for a 2018 release, the film is based on characters appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.

“We’ve been so lucky to have worked with James, first on New Line’s ‘The Conjuring’ and now on their upcoming ‘The Conjuring 2,’ and are thrilled to have him on board as we continue to expand our DC slate,” said Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production for Warner Bros. Pictures. “The ‘Aquaman’ film will be a major tentpole picture for us, and James’ span of work has proven him able to take on any manner of project, bringing his incredible creative talent and unique voice to the material.”

Wan had been rumored to be in talks for the picture, but with the deal in place, “Aquaman” will likely be his next film following the “Conjuring” sequel. Wan had also been circling an adaptation of “Robotech” at Sony, which may follow the superhero standalone on his schedule.

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Wan most recently helmed “Furious 7,” which has grossed more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Wan’s hire is the latest development for WB’s burgeoning superhero franchise centered around members of the Justice League, following news that Chris Pine is close to a deal to co-star with Gal Gadot in the “Wonder Woman” film, as Variety exclusively reported.

Wan is repped by Paradigm.

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